Shannon is an Emmy Award winning reporter who joined FOX 4 in November 2013. She was born and raised in Kansas City and graduated from The Barstow School. She is thrilled to be working in Kansas City, telling the stories of the hometown she loves!

Shannon is always looking for stories that impact people in the Kansas City area. Email her at Shannon.OBrien@wdaftv4.com, or find her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ShannonOBrienTV and Twitter @ShannonOBTV

More about Shannon:
Shannon began her career as a Reporter at WHNS-TV in Greenville, SC, where she learned the ins and outs of reporting. From there, Shannon headed north to Cleveland, Ohio, where she was a reporter for WOIO-TV. While in Cleveland, Shannon developed her skills as an aggressive reporter covering breaking news, crime and court stories and investigative journalism. Some of her notable stories include the exclusive interview of the girlfriend of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell. Shannon discovered the woman was the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson and lived in the home during the time period in which Sowell murdered 11 women and buried them in his yard and home. That interview was crucial to police in piecing together what happened in that home and convicting Sowell of the murders.

Shannon then continued east to Providence, R.I. where she was an anchor/reporter for WLNE-TV. As the weekend anchor, she also produced her show, which allowed her to master the art of putting together an entire newscast. As a reporter in Providence, Shannon broke many memorable stories, including obtaining the Pre-Sentence Report of Kimberly Fry. Fry killed her 8-year-old daughter because the child would not take a bath. She did not testify at trial, but after she was found guilty she gave details of what she says happened that night in this confidential report. Such a document had not been obtained by a Journalist since the sentencing of Former Mayor Buddy Cianci in 1986.

Shannon received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. Going to college in the Washington, D.C. area fostered Shannon’s interest in politics and law, which has been instrumental in shaping her career as a Journalist.
Shannon is involved in many philanthropic organizations across the country, including the BOTAR organization in Kansas City. Her passions include cooking, music, the theatre, sports and most of all The Kansas City Chiefs! She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 nieces Jordan and Teagan and her dog Daisy.


Recent Articles
  • Friend of Knob Noster murder victim says he spent final days fearing for his life

    JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. — A Missouri woman is charged with killing her husband, and now prosecutors have also charged her mom and another man in connection with the crime. Ricky Armstrong faces a charge of tampering with evidence in regard to the death of Javon Donahue. Margaret Heffernan faces the same charge, and another charge of abandonment of a corpse, in the death of her son-in-law. While investigators have not released a motive for the murder, friends of Jema have told […]

  • Series of day time break-ins in Shawnee prompts police to beef up patrols

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — A series of break-ins has left residents in one Shawnee neighborhood a little on edge. The police department there sent out a warning to families. Those break-ins have been happening in the eastern side of Shawnee, and they happened during the day time. Police said the M.O. is the same each time: kick in the door and grab the loot. Police said items stolen from homes include guns, gaming equipment, computers and other electronics, jewelry, checks, and […]

  • Lenexa residents dealing with wide range of emotions after apartment fire

    LENEXA, Kan. — While some lamented the loss of their home and possessions, others were grateful to be alive. A fire at The Retreat at Mill Creek Apartments near 87th and Pflumm left those Lenexa residents dealing with a wide range of emotions. The complex on Pflumm remains closed south of 87th Street as firefighters remain on scene. Two children suffering from smoke inhalation were reportedly taken to the hospital and are expected to be okay. The fire is now under […]

  • Young boy run over while getting treat from ice cream truck at Kansas City apartment complex

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 6-year-old boy is at Children’s Mercy Hospital after he was hit by a car while getting a treat from an ice cream truck. The boy was hit at the Watkins Court apartments on Highland Avenue and East 14th Street. Jerome Whitley and his mother Katrina Moss were at the apartment complex visiting cousins when the child heard the familiar sound of the ice cream truck and asked his mom for $3 to get a treat. […]

  • Bat slips out of player’s hands, inexplicably flies through netting, striking Royals fan at Kauffman

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A bat slipped out of a batter’s hands and hit a Seneca, Kan., man in the stands at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night after it went right through a safety net. Eric Bergman left the Royals game with a bruise and big bump on his shoulder, and unexpected souvenirs he got after being hit by that bat which slipped out of the hands of San Francisco Giants’ star Buster Posey. Bergman was sitting in the front […]

  • Pleasant Valley officer shot in face is on hand when judge sentences shooter to 100 years in prison

    LIBERTY, Mo. — Omar Maria was sentenced to 100 years in prison on Wednesday for shooting Pleasant Valley Police Officer Jacob Baldwin in the face. The shooting happened in December of 2014 near the I-35, I-435 interchange during a traffic stop. Before Ofc. Baldwin could get out of his cruiser, Maria stepped out of his car and fired eight shots at him, then sped away. One bullet grazed Baldwin’s chin, another went into his head, just under his eye. “It was […]

  • Former Winnetonka HS campus supervisor charged with child enticement

    LIBERTY, Mo. — A former Winnetonka High School campus supervisor is facing charges in Clay County after he allegedly had inappropriate sexual conversations with two students, ages 14 and 15 years old. Joshua M. Miller, 35, was charged on April 10 with two counts of child enticement after authorities say he sent messages of a sexual nature to the teenage students. Court records state that Miller first met one student when she was a freshman at Winnetonka, where Miller was working as […]

  • Woman accused of felony murder in death of 9-month-old at Eudora daycare appears in court

    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Carrody Buchhorn has been charged with felony murder in the death of 9-month-old Oliver Ortiz. The infant was being cared for at in-home daycare, Sunshine Kids Group Daycare in Eudora, Kan., when the child became unresponsive September 29, 2016. Police say his death is the result of child abuse. Sunshine Kids Group Daycare is registered to Gina Brunton, who did not respond to FOX 4’s request for an interview. Brunton has not been charged with a crime […]

  • Last person to talk to Kara Kopetsky says memory of her voice still haunts him

    CASS COUNTY, Mo. — Kyle Reynolds knew both Kara Kopetsky and her on again off again boyfriend Kylr Yust. He has never talked to anyone about the day Kopetsky disappeared, but now that her remains may have been found, he says it is time. Reynolds knew Kopetsky from school and they hung out in the same social group. He says it was about 10:30 in the morning on May 4, 2007 when Kopetsky called him — the sound of her […]

  • Moms of missing metro women brought together by tragedy vow to fight for justice and each other

    BELTON, Mo. — One mother has answers and another waits for word on whether her missing daughter has been found. The mothers of Jessica Runions and Kara Kopetsky sat down with FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien on Thursday to talk about the recent discovery of human remains, one being those of Jessica Runions. Although Jamie Runions finally has answers to her daughter’s disappearance, Kara Kopetsky’s mom does not. The pair has become a team, and the fight will not be over […]

  • Rainy day halts search of area where 2 sets of human remains were found, one identified as Jessica Runions

    PECULIAR, Mo. — Weather derailed the on-scene investigation of remains found in rural Cass County this week. However, on Wednesday evening, the Jackson County Medical Examiner identified one of the two sets of remains as Jessica Runions. The investigation on the ground was canceled for Wednesday, and expected to resume at 8 a.m., on Thursday, where more than 100 investigators will scour the area. Police think the other set of remains may be those of Kara Kopetsky, who disappeared in […]

  • Man convicted in death of 6-yr-old KC girl named Angel, killed while shopping with her dad

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The long and painful wait for justice is over for the family of Angel Hooper who was shot and killed outside of a Kansas City 7-Eleven in October of 2014. 19-year-old Howard Chase IV has been found guilty of second degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action in the death of the 6-year-old girl. “It has been a long process,” said Hooper’s mother Charity Guinn. “Wounds that I have been focusing on […]